Vice-Chancellor and President
of the University of the South

The University of the South invites nominations and applications for the position of vice-chancellor and president. 

The University of the South (familiarly known as Sewanee, for the Tennessee town in which the University is located) was founded in 1857 by 13 southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church. The University is purposefully small and dedicated to providing a top-quality liberal arts education, while building a sense of community and lasting relationships. Located on 13,000 acres atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, the University’s campus, known as the Domain, is one of the nation’s largest.

With an enrollment of 1,710 undergraduate students and approximately 220 graduate students, Sewanee has a distinguished College of Arts and Sciences, a leading graduate School of Theology, and an innovative School of Letters offering summer master’s degree programs in literature and creative writing. Sewanee has produced 26 Rhodes Scholars, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a U.S. senator and other elected officials, critically acclaimed poets and writers, leading academics who become college presidents, and three of the last six presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States.

The 17th vice-chancellor and president will succeed John McCardell, who has paved the way for his successor by overseeing record applications to the College, growth in the School of Theology, increased recognition as a leading national liberal arts university, and a strong commitment to keeping the cost of a top-quality college education as affordable and predictable as possible. The high quality of the faculty, students, and staff, the community of Sewanee, the beauty of the Domain, the financial health of the institution, and the deep loyalty of the alumni base are all sources of great pride for the University. The University of the South exemplifies the best of what liberal arts institutions can offer. The University seeks a vice-chancellor and president who shares this commitment and who is energized by the possibilities inherent to the University’s unique qualities.

For best consideration, please send all nominations, inquiries, and applications, electronically and in confidence, to:

Susan VanGilder, Partner
Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate
Beth McCarthy, Senior Associate
Storbeck / Pimentel & Associates, LP 


The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.